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Yomiuri Giants acquire Saburo from the Chiba Lotte Marines for Takahito Kudo

by on Jun.29, 2011 @ 4:38 pm, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants and Chiba Lotte Marines have agreed upon a trade that will send 30-year-old OF Takahito Kudo to Lotte for 35-year-old OF Saburo.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 12:09am - As Steve mentions in the comments below, Lotte will also be receiving cash in the trade.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 12:20am - Forgot to mention that it was Lotte that approached the Giants.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 6:46am - Saburo's registered name will probably be Omura.  His uniform number is still unknown and it isn't certain if he'll start at Ichi-gun.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 7:04am - It seems Saburo will get the number 0.  The Giants will also be holding a press conference to introduce Saburo at Tokyo Dome later today.

UPDATE 6/30 @ 4:32pm - The Giants held a press conference for Saburo today at Tokyo Dome and announced that he'll be wearing the number 0 and this his name will be registered as Omura.

UPDATE 7/5 @ 3:03pm - The Marines held a press conference for Kudo at QVC Marine today.  He was also assigned the nubmer 3.

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Saburo's Career Stats

Yr Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1995 LOT 28 61 48 4 9 2 0 0 11 2 3 4 1 1 11 0 17 0 .188 .333 .229 .568
1996 LOT 9 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
1997 LOT 33 32 28 2 5 2 0 0 7 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 8 0 .179 .233 .250 .483
1998 LOT 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1999 LOT 108 156 130 26 30 9 0 0 39 8 1 5 12 0 12 2 27 0 .231 .306 .300 .606
2000 LOT 95 314 263 42 71 13 1 5 101 23 8 2 15 1 35 0 41 4 .270 .355 .384 .740
2001 LOT 108 284 240 37 55 12 1 1 72 25 9 7 17 3 23 1 45 8 .229 .296 .300 .599
2002 LOT 131 512 441 67 126 33 2 9 190 43 13 1 20 6 36 9 93 4 .286 .348 .431 .783
2003 LOT 80 333 286 44 78 23 1 10 133 46 4 7 13 4 24 6 66 2 .273 .338 .465 .807
2004 LOT 89 295 258 31 66 16 3 5 103 33 2 2 5 2 26 4 54 12 .256 .331 .399 .733
2005 LOT 107 394 351 68 110 19 6 14 183 50 6 3 2 2 38 1 77 6 .313 .380 .521 .903
2006 LOT 115 344 298 38 65 13 1 9 107 38 6 2 2 8 34 2 84 6 .218 .295 .359 .661
2007 LOT 133 528 472 67 127 28 4 7 184 68 13 5 3 6 43 4 105 5 .269 .331 .390 .725
2008 LOT 105 390 346 43 100 22 2 6 144 56 6 4 0 4 36 4 70 5 .289 .359 .416 .779
2009 LOT 119 489 427 71 134 24 2 22 228 68 4 7 4 9 48 1 121 7 .314 .377 .534 .918
2010 LOT 125 513 452 58 118 15 2 19 194 71 2 1 2 1 56 2 118 14 .261 .344 .429 .774
2011 LOT 19 78 70 5 19 4 0 2 29 9 0 0 0 0 6 2 13 3 .271 .346 .414 .760
Totals 1406 4725 4112 604 1114 235 25 109 1726 541 78 50 98 47 430 38 940 76 .271 .342 .420 .765

Takahito Kudo's Career Stats

Yr Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 HAM 5 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2007 HAM 72 231 215 23 62 6 4 0 76 17 9 1 3 0 12 1 44 0 .288 .329 .353 .682
2008 HAM 104 233 199 20 51 11 1 0 64 12 8 3 18 1 9 6 42 0 .256 .307 .322 .630
2009 YOM 49 56 51 12 13 2 1 0 17 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 18 0 .255 .296 .333 .630
2010 YOM 40 30 26 3 6 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 0 .231 .333 .231 .564
Totals 270 563 504 58 132 19 6 0 163 32 18 4 23 1 23 12 121 0 .262 .309 .323 .633

3 comments on “Yomiuri Giants acquire Saburo from the Chiba Lotte Marines for Takahito Kudo

  1. Steve

    Don’t forget “and cash”. Unfortunately that’s the most important part of the trade :(

    This is really blowing up with Lotte fans – I’ve already gotten a bunch of texts, mails, and calls wondering WTF Lotte is doing. Is the team really that broke? Did Saburo and management get in a fight?

    Kudo is unlikely to see ichi-gun unless there is a real rash of injuries. On the other hand Saburo is arguably the most popular player at the stadium (unofficial poll of towels, uniforms, and signs). This is going to go over very badly.

  2. Blacklabel

    wow, just GIVING a player away. Im sure other teams would have given a better player than Kudoh if they had known Saburo was available?

  3. ACE

    Well that’s another old addition to an already older giants lineup but I guess it’s gonna help a little

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